About This Site
Hello, I’m Kim Crow. I am a freelance dramaturg from Portland, Oregon. My local dramaturgy credits include Valparaiso at Theatre Vertigo and The Listener at the 2006 JAW/West Festival. I am a member of the LMDA and the Portland Dramaturgy Cabal. I have also worked as the Assistant Production Manager/Company Manager at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Professionally, I am interested in the role of the dramaturg as producer and dramaturg as arts advocate. I hope to develop these interests as a leader in theatre and cultural policy initiatives.
This page currently reflects my work on the Portland Center Stage productions of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare & The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed. Visit the Portland Center Stage website to learn more about these productions and to purchase tickets. I hope you will check the site frequently to peruse dramaturgical material or to read the Dramaturg’s Production Notebook.
The Upstart Dramaturg is an experiment of sorts. I wanted to establish a more dynamic and interactive approach to my dramaturgy. I hope this site will engage collaborators and prospective audience members by providing a visible and accessible platform for the capacities of the dramaturg. I will consider the experiment a success if this site creates an opportunity for dialogue about the productions I examine here.
Yes, I realize that the name “Upstart Dramaturg” is quite presumptuous. It was inspired by and adapted from a line in Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon. For me, it conjures a sense of my identity as a dramaturg and my affection for my surname. I also hope it gives a nod of gratitude to the original Upstart Crow, Mr. Shakespeare.